Lieberman and Women’s Rights

Connecticut National Organization for Women
135 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06105
860.524.1092 fax

Kathleen Sloan, Executive Director
Rosemary Dempsey, President
For Immediate Release February 1, 2006
Contact Kathleen Sloan, 860-524-5978

Lieberman Has Turned His Back On Women

“Senator Lieberman turned his back on this country’s women by refusing to support a filibuster against the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Judge Alito was confirmed yesterday by a vote of 58-42. While Connecticut NOW recognizes the 42 senators who voted against confirmation, the crucial vote happened the day before, when senators voted on whether or not to end debate on this nomination. Since the Republican leadership had enough votes to confirm Alito, a filibuster was the only way to prevent his confirmation.

Connecticut NOW applauds Senator Dodd for his support of the filibuster. Shamefully his colleague, Senator Lieberman, demonstrated a lack of respect and concern for the women and girls of Connecticut and the nation by his refusal to support the filibuster. Senator Lieberman pointed out that he had studied Samuel Alito’s record carefully and so he was aware of the threat Alito poses to a woman’s most basic constitutional right: to control her own body and decide whether or not to bear a child. As reported by The Hartford Courant, Senator Lieberman stated that he did not support a filibuster because Alito’s confirmation vote did not meet the standard of “extraordinary circumstances” decreed by the Senate “Gang of 14.” “This is a slap in the face to every woman of this state, no matter her political beliefs, economic status or race,” stated Rosemary Dempsey, President of CT NOW. “What could be a more ‘extraordinary circumstance’ than when a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions is seriously threatened?”

The women of Connecticut expected that our senators, who call themselves pro-choice and claim to be supporters of women’s rights, would use every measure available to prevent the confirmation of a judge who undermines and disregards them. Laudably, Senator Dodd did just that; regrettably, Senator Lieberman did not. Senator Lieberman’s vote to shut down debate had the effect of anointing Judge Alito as a Supreme Court Justice. As Kathleen Sloan, Executive Director of CT NOW explained, Senator Lieberman’s vote against Alito on Tuesday was “symbolism without substance”. His failure to support women’s rights at a time when they are most severely threatened by a Supreme Court Justice whose record is replete with contempt for same, makes it highly unlikely that CT NOW will support Lieberman in his bid for re-election.”

(He also hinted to Sean Hannity that he would have voted for Alito if his vote would have made a difference – just as he would have voted for Clarence Thomas – see below.)

Lieberman and Clarence Thomas

“ He even toyed with voting to confirm civil-rights and women’s rights nemesis Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Lieberman waited until the last minute, when Thomas' confirmation was assured, to cast a "no" vote that would protect him with angry constituents back home.”

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“ Having promised his “yes” vote to the White House if they needed it, he waited until the end of the roll call, when Thomas had enough votes to be confirmed, and then voted “no” to keep the liberals and women’s groups at home off his back.”

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(I remember this – my 80 year old mother attacked Joe in public for refusing to come out against Thomas.)

Lieberman and the Day After Pill

Lieberman supports the approach of the Catholic hospitals when it comes to contraceptives for rape victims.
Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so.
"In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.

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And by the way, I was mad at you at Alito, and one day I'm gonna pull you aside, and I believe in my heart, I really believe in my heart that if the president really needed your vote, you would have been there.

LIEBERMAN: (Sigh) Well, OK, you pull me aside and we'll talk. (Laughter)

HANNITY: Alright, you don't want to answer that publicly, do you?

(Laughter) Cause I voted no.

I know you voted no but...

But I did vote against the filibuster cause I thought that, you know, it was time to move on.


Would you favor a legal right to choose abortion, while at the same time arguing that in most circumstances of unwanted pregnancy the mother is morally obligated not to abort?

Lieberman: I don't personally believe in abortion. To me it's unacceptable. But I have also come to the conclusion that this value of mine is not shared by millions of other Americans and that, while I might personally argue against abortion, as a lawmaker I cannot impose my personal judgment on others. It wouldn't be appropriate, and it wouldn't be feasible. Some women are going to have abortions regardless of what the law says. Sometimes lawmakers have to show some humility and say that no matter how strongly they feel about an issue, this is beyond the appropriate reach of the law.

While respecting the right of women to choose an abortion, particularly in the early stages of pregnancy -- pre-viability -- government policies can and should be designed to encourage childbirth…

Source: Policy Review Summer 1990